Community Happenings – Friday February 9, 2018 – February 15, 2018

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, February 11. The PCEC will have two speakers: Nurse Nuj (Kanmanas Sornprom) will talk about Namthip Nursing Home and Dr. Penguino will return with some magical entertainment. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower, located behind the Holiday Inn’s Bay Tower on Beach Road.

The 2018 Pattaya Bike Week, also known as Burapha Bike Week, will take place from Feb. 9-10 at the National Indoor Stadium on Chaiya­pruek 2 Road in Pattaya. During the festival, live concerts will take place all day long, there will be many food stalls, fireworks, tattoo displays, dancers, motorcycle parades, stunt shows and more. For updates and more information, check Burapha Bike Week Pattaya on Facebook.

The 8th Pattaya Money Expo will be held at the Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH), Royal Cliff Hotel from February 9-11. During this 3-day event, well-known commercial banks, financial institutions, security firms, gold companies and gold futures traders will be available to provide every type of lending and investment service and advice to members of the public.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on Friday, February 16 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.). Entrance cost is THB 400 for members in advance or THB 500 on the door and THB 1000 for non-members (non-member must book in advance). Admission includes free-flow drinks and finger food. For more information send email to [email protected].

The Honda LPGA Thailand 2018 golf tournament will take place at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course from February 22-25. The top 60-female golfers in the world including Thai No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, plus 10 invitees, will compete for the prestigious title and total prize money of US$1.6 million. Admission (pay on the gate) is 300 baht on Feb, 22 and 23, 400 baht on Feb 24 and 500 baht on Feb. 25. Four-day passes are also available at a cost of 800 baht. For more information, visit www.lpgathailand.com.

A Farmers’ Market takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Holiday Inn hotel on Pattaya Beach Road from 10.30 am – 3.30 p.m.  Products range from wellness items, jewelry, freshly prepared food, organic vegetables and fruits. The next market will be held February 10.

A stamp market is held every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.at Rahnpintang Moe Kata Restaurant, Panji Place, on Soi Ponphraphanimit 7 (200m from the Bangkok Highway underpass). Here can you exchange stamps from the whole world. Call 089 091 3418 for more information and directions.

Dining

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog at the Royal Cliff Hotel on February 15. Take part in a long-standing tradition and indulge in a delectable international buffet with signature Chinese specialties in a spectacular poolside setting. Price: THB 1,800++ per person. Dinner served from 6.30pm. To book a table, call 038 250 421 ext. 2037.

Celebrate an intimate journey through the sea-of-love at Dusit Thani Pattaya this Valentine’s Day on 14 February. Enjoy a perfect, romantic evening and pamper your loved one with an exquisitely prepared four-course menu for two. Indulge in special dishes such as snorkeling with love, a sip through lips, chubby bear hugs and love till the end at The Bay International Skewers Restaurant. Valentine Romance set dinner for just THB 3,299++ per couple inclusive of a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling wine and rose. Advanced reservations recommended, call 03842 5611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150 or email to [email protected].

Celebrate Valentines’ Day on February 14 in a romantic setting at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. A four-course set menu at The Beach Club Restaurant includes two glasses of sparkling wine at THB 2,000++ per couple. A Romantic four-course set menu on the beach, including a bottle of Prosecco Brut is priced at THB 4,200++ per couple. An intimate candlelight dinner at the Aisawan Spa Pavilion includes a premium four-course set menu and a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut at THB 8,500++ per couple. Guests booking one of the Valentines’ dinners above will receive a complimentary couple photo and a rose. For advance reservations, call 038 411 940-8 or email [email protected].

Valentine’s Day private cabana experience at Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya: Memorialize your valentines with a private cabana, overlooking our beach as the waves ashore right in front of you. Enjoy a four-course menu for only THB 5,000 net per couple including a glass of sparkling wine for each and bouquet of roses for your special one. The award-winning T55 New York Grill Room meanwhile offers a four-course menu for this special occasion for only THB 3,000++ per couple including romantic set up and a special Valentine’s beverage for each. This romantic promotion is only valid for bookings on the 14 February, 2018, Available from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. For more information, call 033 078 888.

Love is in the air at AVANI Pattaya on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with delicious dining. Benihana restaurant offers a set menu with a glass of ‘Rose Petal’ drink at THB 4,599nett per couple. Sala Rim Nam will serve a romantic set menu in a dreamy setting at THB 2,200nett per couple. Pantry at AVANI has a selection of presents and treats priced from THB 45 available 10 – 15 February. Call 038 412 120 for more information and reservations.

Coast Beach Club has a four-course seafood Valentine set dinner on 14 February, priced at just THB 1,200 net per person. Start with an appetiser of blue swimmer crab with avocado in a zesty lemon sauce, or an akami cut of tuna sashimi with ripe mango. The soup course is creamy tum yum bisque crammed with assorted seafood. For your main course, choose a coastal snapper fillet pan-fried in extra virgin olive oil, or a Tasmanian salmon steak. End sweetly with mango cheesecake. Coast Beach Club is located at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information and for reservations, call 038 714-981.

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the beautiful Pattana Golf Club & Resort in Sriracha, Chonburi on February 14 starting from 17.00hrs. Priced at only 1,402 baht per couple for set menu. For further information, call 038 318 999 ext. 55555 or 11230 or email: [email protected].

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya invites you and your loved one to spend Valentine’s Day at a charcoal BBQ buffet on Wednesday 14 February from 6:00pm – 9:30pm at Starz Diner. Book a table for two and dine on an extensive international & local buffet of fresh seafood, sushi, grilled meats and delectable desserts. All can be enjoyed whilst listening to soothing sound of the house acoustic duo band. Price: Bt. 999 net per person. Dinner includes 1 glass of sparkling wine. Additional Bt. 790 net per adult for free-flow drinks (whiskey, beer and soft drinks). For reservations, call 038-428755- 9 ext. 8323 or e-mail: [email protected].

Hilton Pattaya introduces an intimate dining experience for Valentine’s Day with a 3-course set menu featuring your favorite romantic movies at the best rooftop restaurant and bar in town. Enjoy dishes such as ‘(Roe)meo and Juliet’ – Anchoviar, herring roe and wild salmon roe served with condiments, ‘50 Shades of Grape’ – seared foie gras with grapes, banana bread and celery, ‘Beauty and the Beef’ – roasted beef tenderloin with barley risotto, carrots and crispy shallots and ‘There’s Something about Strawberry’ – macerated strawberries with almond financier, passion fruit and Grand Marnier whipped cream. Romantic set menu is priced at THB 5,950 net per couple including a welcome drink for 2 people, available on February 14 from 6pm – 11pm at Horizon rooftop restaurant and bar on level 34 of Hilton Pattaya. For more information or reservation, please call +66(0)38-253-000 or [email protected]  or pattaya.hilton.com.

Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya enhances its seafood buffet with more premium catches and live musical entertainment. The new seafood BBQ Buffet includes best New Zealand mussels, shellfish, freshwater lobster, shrimp and much more. The buffet starts at 6pm and lasts until 10pm. Price: 700 THB for BBQ buffet or 950 for a buffet with soft drinks. For alcohol lovers, buffet with wines start at 990 baht or pay 1090 baht and have your BBQ with cold beer. For more information call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected].

The Thai Garden Terrace Restaurant offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – Italian buffet; Tuesday – BBQ buffet; Wednesday – multi-cuisine buffet; Thursday – German buffet with roasted pig; Friday – Thai buffet; Saturday – international buffet; Sunday – steak & skewers buffet. The buffet starts from 6 p.m., runs until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult. What you see is what you pay, no additional service charges or VAT. For reservations call 038 370 614 or make your booking at www.thaigarden.com under “buffet reservation”. Thai Garden Resort is located on North Pattaya Road, 200 meters from the Dolphin roundabout and 200 meters before Tesco Lotus.

Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers a fabulous 3-course menu (5 choices per course) for just 395 baht. Main course options include pork fillet medallions with green apple sauce, grilled red snapper with saffron sauce, pork chop with black pepper sauce, grilled chicken with mustard sauce or spaghetti with carbonara or bolognaise sauce. All include a wide choice of delicious starters and desserts. For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.

Linda’s Restaurant is large with seating for 200 people, with a covered al fresco verandah outside for those who wish to smoke. Inside, in air-conditioned comfort, there are comfortable chairs and decent sized tables, with white starched napery. The menu is large and covers northern European items, Scandinavian dishes and several pages covering Thai cuisine. Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www.lindasrestaurant.com, street-side parking. Email [email protected]  . GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.

Jameson’s Irish Pub offers daily food specials from Mon-Sat as well as fabulous Sunday roast dinners with all the trimmings, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. Jameson’s Irish Pub is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in Central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or visit website: www.jamesons-pattaya.com.

Yamato Restaurant located on Soi Yamato has been around for more than 35 years and the soi was named after its oldest tenant. Just look for the Japanese characters on the blinds outside. You cannot miss it. The menu is pictorial, which is a must when trying a different cuisine/language. This is a restaurant to take a few people with you. The prices are certainly not over the top, and the quality is superb. Yamato Japanese restaurant, 219/51 Soi Yamato (13/1), close to Beach Road end, telephone 038 429 685 or 038 421 618. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. On street parking (or do some shopping in the Avenue or Royal Garden Plaza).

The legendary Somsakdi Restaurant has been in operation in Pattaya for almost 40 years. Proprietor and Chef Somsakdi is still cooking and running his amazing restaurant at 78 years of age. The menu is probably the largest in Pattaya, with 374 individual items. Each dish is in Thai with an English explanation underneath. Rather than be swamped by choices, let Somsakdi guide you. After all, who knows his dishes better than he? Somsakdi Restaurant, Pattaya Soi 1, tel. 038 428 987, 038 423 284, 038 429 869, limited parking plus on-street parking in the soi. Hours 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days.

Entertainment

Pattaya Players local amateur dramatics society will be staging “The Little Willey Murder” by Ian McCutcheon on 23, 24 and 26 February at Suggestions, Pattaya and Sandbar by the Sea, Jomtien. Enjoy this short light-hearted murder mystery play and dinner with a chance to win the “Sleuth of the Evening” prize. For further information, call Gary at 085 913 1827 or email [email protected].

Linda’s restaurant on Thappraya Road now holds Latin night every Saturday. Bring your dancing shoes and friends and enjoy dinner and dancing. Don’t worry if you are new to salsa, Virginia Sorensen and her team will be on hand to guide you on the floor. For more information and reservations call Linda at: Tel: 038 252 726, Mobile: 0878 130 115.

Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Tuesday) from 6.00 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

Community Services

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 a.m. till 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. Cost of admission is 100 baht per session for library members and 200 baht for non-members. Private lessons are also available for 200 baht per hour. In addition, the library also holds Yoga training every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Father Ray Foundation. Cost is 1200 baht for 6 sessions (first session free). For more information, call 081 575 4854 or email [email protected]

Groups & Associations

Post 12146 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (Ban Chang – U-Tapao, Thailand) meets the second Saturday of each month at 13:00 on the second floor of the Camel Pub in Ban Chang. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman Dan Morgan at banchang [email protected] or visit website: www.banchangvfwpost12146.org.

The Royal British Legion Thailand meets the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. at the Tropical Bar on Soi Khao Noi (Watboon­sampan near the Temple entrance) in East Pattaya. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member and can join in the many social events arranged throughout the year. The Legion’s primary aim is the care and welfare of those who have served and/or their dependents. For general enquiries send email to [email protected] , www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group. For more info, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or John 089 933 7227.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Pattaya Group meets Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are closed (alcoholics only) and are held at Soi Skaw Beach (off Pattaya 2nd Rd). Contact Carl 08-456-31-671. The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning. All meetings are ‘open’: contact 084 564 8479. The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: Contact, Andrew 086 107 6631. The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515. 10.30 a.m. meetings every day at Satree Pattana Centre on Soi Skaw Beach off Second Road. Call 084 564 8479.

The Samaritans of Thailand English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community. English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone. All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge. (02) 713-6791.

Overeaters Anonymous – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the housing area just behind Pan Pan Restaurant in Jomtien on Thappraya Road. Call Steve at 038-364-207(h) or 089-250-1359 (cell) for directions or more information.

Narcotics Anonymous – Hotline: 082 811 2686. 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 noon every Sunday, and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.